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The Big Book of Adventure Stories

I highly recommend The Big Book of Adventure Stories because it is a fun read, plus there is a sampling of every fiction sub-genre included. This large paperback volume has many short stories including those of famous characters from thrilling adventure tales such as Zorro; The Cisco Kid; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; Bulldog Drummond; Tarzan; Conan the Barbarian; Hopalong Cassidy; King Kong; and The Spider. These might be dated (from the early 20th century) but they’re still quite entertaining today.

These pulp stories are divided into sections based on similar themes titled Sword & Sorcery, Megalomania Rules, Man vs. Nature, Island Paradise, Sand and Sun, Something Feels Funny, Go West Young Man, Future Shock, I Spy, Yellow Peril, and In Darkest Africa. Horror stories are also included in this volume, in case you’re wondering. This compilation is described as:

A hair-raising collection of adventure stories that’s so big and enthralling if you open it you may never be seen again: enter at your own risk.

Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume.

Don’t let the cover fool you, there aren’t many illustrations inside nor are there half naked girls. This is just another example of the exciting covers that graced Pulp Magazines of the early 20th century. They were designed to entice young men and boys alike with alluring images and then regail you with thrilling adventure.

I hope you do give this anthology a try. You might find out that you love a new sub-genre that you haven’t experienced before. Check out a sample here or read some additional reviews on Goodreads. Now, go out and explore a new book. Adventure awaits you!

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